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All Hands Magazine's full length documentary "Making a Sailor": This video follows four recruits through Boot Camp in the spring of 2018 who were assigned to DIV 229, an integrated division, which had PIR on 05/25/2018. 

Boot Camp: Making a Sailor (Full Length Documentary - 2018)

Boot Camp: Behind the Scenes at RTC

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**UPDATE 4/26/2022** Effective with the May 6, 2022 PIR 4 guests will be allowed.  Still must be fully vaccinated to attend.

**UPDATE as of 11/10/2022 PIR vaccination is no longer required.

**UPDATE 7/29/2021** You now must be fully vaccinated in order to attend PIR:

In light of observed changes and impact of the Coronavirus Delta Variant and out of an abundance of caution for our recruits, Sailors, staff, and guests, Recruit Training Command is restricting Pass-in-Review (recruit graduation) to ONLY fully immunized guests (14-days post final COVID vaccination dose).  


RTC Graduation

**UPDATE 8/25/2022 - MASK MANDATE IS LIFTED.  Vaccinations still required.

**UPDATE 11/10/22 PIR - Vaccinations no longer required.


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IC- Sailors

Interior Communication Electrician; What is it? Who knows? Want to find out? There are not many IC sailors so this is just the place to share your experiences about what our loved ones have done or what they are currently doing. =)

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Comment by Logan's Mom on October 9, 2014 at 12:16pm

would anyone know where the ATF/IC SR's usually get stationed at after completion of A School? I talked to my father & he thought Japan, but of course he's retired

Comment by Scott on March 1, 2014 at 1:56pm

My son has hs PIR on 3/7 and then heads to IC A school at great lakes. He called yesterday and mentioned needing a lap top for A school. Are there specifications for the lap tops required for IC A school?

Thank you,


Comment by Louisville Mom on November 11, 2013 at 7:47pm

Interior Communications Electricians (ICs) install, maintain and repair the equipment needed for interior communications within ships and shore facilities. These communication systems include public address systems, interior telephone systems, alarm systems, engine telegraphs to communicate orders for changes in engine speed from the bridge (ship's command station) to the engine room, certain kinds of ship control and equipment monitoring devices, the ship's gyrocompass, the rudder position indicator, audio-visual equipment for the ship's TV entertainment systems, advanced navigation and various other equipment.

The duties performed by IC's include:

Maintaining and repairing interior communications systems;
Preparing and interpreting blueprints, wiring diagrams and sketches;
Installing and inspecting dry cell and storage batteries;
Recharging wet cell batteries;
Testing interior communications and gyrocompass equipment;
Installing telephone and other communications circuits, boxes, switchboards and bell buzzer systems;
Maintaining plotters and dead reckoning equipment;
Maintaining and operating TV systems;

Working Environment :

People in the IC rating work in many different situations, at sea and ashore. While most of their work is performed indoors, it may be in a clean or dirty environment of a shop-like nature, and it may be in any kind of climate or temperature. IC's usually work closely with others. Most systems IC's work on is of the modern solid state electronic type, making the rating a very technical profession.

A-School (Job School) Information

Great Lakes, IL -- 10 weeks

Some Interior Communications Electricians who graduate from "A" school go on to advanced training courses such as gyrocompass and advanced TV maintenance. Others are assigned to duty stations where they can continue learning their rating through on-the-job training.

Comment by Melinda on October 28, 2013 at 4:19pm
What is the schedule for training for an IC rating. My son starts A school soon, graduating this Friday from basic and will move to the Great Lakes A school. I know he more than likely will also have a C school or two. Just wondering what the road of training goes.
Comment by New_Horizons1 on August 10, 2011 at 1:39pm
Hi I'm a future sailor, going in as E3 with an IC rating.  I was hoping if anyone could enlighten me on any details of what this rating entails.  I've read the descriptions, I've googled, but I'm really looking for an inside look.

I see some of you have daughters/sons already in A-school.  Have they told you what they learn and how?  or what it's like? is it exciting?  Are they having fun?  what are they learning exactly?  Has anyone shipped off yet?  What's the job like? deployed or not.  lol I know I have a lot of questions and I know most of you are the parents of the sailors themselves so no pressure ^.^
I'm just really excited and hungry to know more.  I ship out on the 21st of Sept.
I just want to be as prepared as possible for what is to come.

Thanks a lot in advance for any advice/insight you can give ^.^
Comment by lj1422 (Josh's mom) on September 18, 2010 at 8:59pm
Some time during BC they will sign their contracts I don't remember when but it was about midway through. I think it all depends on the needs of the Navy, but I think most of the time they get what they go in for unless they don't pass the color blind tests and things that matter to that rate, then they might have to change.
31m1tg74tr1zy Comment by 31m1tg74tr1zy on September 18, 2010 at 4:48pm
I have no idea what schools he'll be in. When he left for BC he showed me his ID card that said IC but he said it wasn't guaranteed. Any idea when they find out for sure?
Comment by lj1422 (Josh's mom) on September 18, 2010 at 3:33pm
I would say about six months at the least, and it all depends then on C school. Do you know if your son will be taking a C school, not all of them do and if they do not then they do get to learn on the job at their first assignment. I know Josh can volunteer for other C schools but not sure how often.
31m1tg74tr1zy Comment by 31m1tg74tr1zy on September 17, 2010 at 2:00pm
Sounds like he's going to be there in GL for awhile (maybe 6-8 months from BC through A school?) then. I had no idea they had to go through so much training, but it makes sense. For some reason I thought it would be more like on-the-job training.
Comment by lj1422 (Josh's mom) on September 16, 2010 at 4:01pm
SailorMom Denna, My son just finished A school yesterday. He will move over to the other side of the base and he will be in indoc for about a week or two, my son was then on hold for about 2 weeks before he started his ATT school which he will do first. That is a self paced school and took my son about a month, he was then on hold again for about 2 weeks waiting to class up. When he did it was suppose to be approx. 39 days (work days) he was in a group of 4 and they had to stay together, and 2 of the 4 were very slow, although it gave my son a chance to study more for the tests, and he ended up being an honor grad.

I hope that helps you out....congrats on your future Sailor

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